3.7AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from an 11.2oz bottle.
Appearance: Beautiful apricot color with, what the!? There’s tons and tons of floating yeast sediment in here! It looks like a nasty fishtank that hasn’t been cleaned in months! Actually, the color is really cool and the head is big and frothy, but those yeast particles are a turn-off (and they were from the top of the bottle).
Aroma: Smells pretty much the same as the other St. Bernie’s beers. Some light fruit, noticeable alcohol presence. Fairly mild overall.
Taste: Much more robust than the Watou Tripel, but still weaker than some of the Trappist tripels. A melange of light fruit like apricot, peach, maybe even honeydew. There’s a fairly rich caramel and butterscotch sweetness too. Little bitterness. Flavor doesn’t peter out at the end like the other beers from this brouwerij.
Mouthfeel: Noticeably thick, but soft and gentle. Doesn’t tear up my palate. A slightly creamy texture from the head tingles the tongue.
Drinkability: Mild taste and soft mouthfeel make for a very smooth beer. I did find myself burping every once in a while, but the least of all the St. Bernardus beers.
Overall: St. Bernardus’s second-best beer, but definitely not the best Tripel in Belgium.